The incentives both from government and public sectors have helped to grow this sector. In August, 2006, Banglalink became the first company to provide free incoming calls from BTTB for both postpaid and prepaid connections.
It is now one of the biggest sectors of Bangladesh. On August 20, 2008, Banglalink got past the landmark of 10 million subscriber base.
Telenor, the largest telecommunications company in Norway, owns 55.8% shares of Grameenphone, Grameen Telecom owns 34.2% and the remaining 10% is publicly held.
It is a joint venture enterprise between Telenor and Grameen Telecom Corporation, a non-profit sister concern of the internationally acclaimed microfinance organization and community development bank Grameen Bank.
It can be said that the Bangladesh telecom market has a lot of potential to offer considering strategically ignorable or somehow alterable threats. Significant changes in the number of fixed and mobile services deployed in Bangladesh occurred in the late 1990s and the numbers of services in operation have subsequently grown exponentially in the past five years. Quadir remained a shareholder of Grameenphone until 2004.
The incentives both from government and public sectors have helped to grow this sector. Grameenphone received a license for cellular phone operation in Bangladesh from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications on November 28, 1996.It was March 10, 1876, an important day for human civilization, the first step towards developing means of communication. The liberalization of Bangladesh’s telecommunications sector began with small steps in 1989 with the issuance of a license to a private operator for the provision of inter alia cellular mobile services to compete with the previous monopoly provider of telecommunications services the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB). Banglalink had 1.03 million connections until December, 2005.Significant changes in the number of fixed and mobile services deployed in Bangladesh occurred in the late 1990s and the numbers of services in operation have subsequently grown exponentially in the past five years. The number of Banglalink users increased by 257 percent and stood at 3.64 million at the end of 2006, making it the fastest growing operator in the world of that year. The idea of providing universal mobile phone access throughout Bangladesh, including its rural areas, was originally conceived by Iqbal Quadir, who is currently the founder and director of the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT. With the slogan Stay Close, stated goal of Grameenphone is to provide affordable telephony to the entire population of Bangladesh. Therefore most of the Broadband internet services and also subscribers are using bandwidth that may not be considered a broadband in other countries and may not be broadband in international standards. In Bangladesh Broadband is legally defined as 128/128 kbit/s, which is not in line with ITU. With more than 32 million subscribers (as of June 2011), Grameenphone is the largest cellular operator in the country. Grameenphone widely known as GP is the leading telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh.They are as follows:“Watson, come here: I want you.” This was the first message ever transmitted from one place to another, through a device called telephone. BTCL International Internet Gateway (IIG) Operator1. As of November, 2009, Banglalink has a subscriber base of 12.99 million.American genius, Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) along with his assistant Thomas Watson invented the device. Nowadays, the phone is not only used for making calls, among many other functions it’s used for communicating through text-messages and so called multi-media messages, as well as to connect us to the internet. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orascom Telecom.